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Sempra US Gas & Power acquires 100MW Apple Blossom Wind Project in Michigan

CTBR Staff Writer Published 26 July 2016

Sempra US Gas & Power has acquired the 100MW Apple Blossom wind project in Michigan from Geronimo Energy.

Financial terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed.

When completed, the project will add to its portfolio of wind farms in 8 states with total power generation capacity of about 1300MW.

The wind power project is located in Huron County, Michigan which will generate enough clean energy to supply electricity to about 38,000 Michigan homes.

Construction of the project is expected to be completed during the fall of 2016.

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power renewables president of Kevin C. Sagara said: "We are pleased to have the opportunity to acquire, build and operate the Apple Blossom wind project in the state of Michigan as it continues to position itself as a wind energy leader.

"The acquisition of the Apple Blossom wind project enables our company to continue to invest in the development, construction and operation of renewable energy infrastructure.

“We look forward to providing Michigan with a stable supply of clean, renewable energy and becoming a long-term partner with the local community through the development and operation of this project."

At the wind project, at least 250 construction workers will be employed during peak season and the commercial operations will start by the end of 2017.

Power generated from the project will be sold to Consumers Energy under a 15 year power purchase agreement.

Geronimo Energy president Blake Nixon said, "Geronimo Energy is pleased to work with Sempra U.S. Gas & Power on a second wind farm project in the Midwestern United States.

"Sempra U.S. Gas & Power brings impressive wind energy construction and operating expertise and has an aligned mission with Geronimo Energy's farmer-friendly and community-focused approach."

Consumers Energy energy supply operations vice president Tim Sparks said: "We appreciate the contribution made by Geronimo Energy to develop the Apple Blossom project and look forward to collaboration with Sempra U.S Gas & Power as the project is constructed and operated.

"Our customers are expressing interest in more renewable energy development in Michigan. We're pleased to be a leader in providing an increasingly clean energy portfolio at a very economical price to the Michigan families and businesses we serve."